USC Upstate Welcomes Harry Rittenour to Wells Fargo Speaker Series

January 25, 2016 at 8:45 am
Rear Adm. Harry Rittenour

Rear Adm. Harry Rittenour

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate welcomes guest speaker, Harry Rittenour, a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, to its Wells Fargo Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 2.

Rittenour, who spent almost 29 years in the Navy before joining the corporate world, will talk about “Thoughts on Effective Leadership” from 12:10 to 12:55 p.m. in the BMW Classroom at The George, 160 E. Saint John St. in downtown Spartanburg. Tickets are $10 (includes a boxed lunch) and must be purchased in advance at

Rittenour spent almost 29 years in the United States Navy before joining the corporate world. He completed two combat tours in Vietnam and commanded an aviation squadron, a command and control ship in the Persian Gulf, and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise with a crew of over 5,000. He then served on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon where he received a letter of appreciation from President George H. W. Bush for his work on a treaty to ban the use of chemical weapons. He was promoted to Rear Admiral and completed a tour on the Navy Staff where he established and promoted requirements for aircraft carriers and aviation training. His efforts led to the approval of Congressional funding for the nuclear‐powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the selection of a new joint primary aircraft training system for the Navy, Marines, and Air Force.

After retiring from the Navy Harry joined the executive team at Perceptron, Inc., a global machine vision company that provides process control systems to automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers for use in body shop assembly plants. He was appointed president and CEO of Perceptron, Inc. in early 2008. He led the executive team through a successful reorganization that better aligned the company for current conditions and future growth. As a result Perceptron grew stronger and emerged with a solid customer base, a new product line under development, and a robust balance sheet with no debt, and cash available for investment. He retired from Perceptron in late 2013.

Rittenour earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy with a concentration in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School) in Operations Management.

For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or